The Vernonia School District will celebrate receiving LEED Platinum and Three Green Globes certifications at a ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 AM.
The Vernonia School is the first K-12 school building in the United States to receive the coveted LEED Platinum certification.
The LEED green building rating system, developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability in the United States and in a number of other countries around the world. It is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.
The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.
Green Globes is nationally recognized green rating assessment and certification program.
Local elected officials and other dignitaries will be in attendance.
The Vernonia Schools building has earned national recognition for its sustainable, green-building design and technology. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program rated the building LEED Platinum, their highest rating, and the first in the nation awarded to an integrated K-12 school building.
The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes Certification also awarded the new building high marks, rating it 3 Green Globes, their second highest rating. Green Globes Certification is an emerging alternative to LEED that is favored by many of our timber and forestry partners, and has recently been approved by the U.S. General Services Administration for federal ratings. Our school is one of the few projects to attain dual certification.
Designing the new building to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly was a major goal of the district, and these certification levels are a reward for those design efforts.
Points were earned through these rating systems for utilizing renewable energy resources, re-using and recycling of building materials, improving the efficiency and performance of the building to reduce environmental impact, improving sustainable practices within the building after construction is complete and many other efforts. Read More
The Green Building Initiative has awarded the Vernonia Schools building the Green Globes Certification for sustainable building achievements and environmental and energy efficiency.
Vernonia Superintendent Aaron Miller announced the award at the September 11, 2014 School Board meeting. Miller told the Board that the School was awarded three out of a possible four Green Globes.
Green Globes provides independent sustainability assessments for commercial, institutional and some residential facilities. Miller told the Board Green Globes is often used by the timber industry to judge sustainability practices in construction.
Green Globes is an alternative to the LEED building rating system. The Vernonia Schools is still awaiting a final determination on their Platinum rating from LEED.